Impact assessment: from theory to practice

Jakupec, Viktor and Kelly, Max 2016, Impact assessment: from theory to practice. In Jakupec, Viktor and Kelly, Max (ed), Assessing the impact of foreign aid : value for money and aid for trade, Elsevier, London, Eng., pp.227-237.

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Title Impact assessment: from theory to practice
Author(s) Jakupec, ViktorORCID iD for Jakupec, Viktor
Kelly, MaxORCID iD for Kelly, Max
Title of book Assessing the impact of foreign aid : value for money and aid for trade
Editor(s) Jakupec, Viktor
Kelly, Max
Publication date 2016
Start page 227
End page 237
Total pages 10
Publisher Elsevier
Place of Publication London, Eng.
Summary Foreign aid is intended to be a major contributor to poverty reduction. However, significant questions arise as to the capacity for development funding to contribute to human development, through service provision, through advocacy, through actions and interventions that change power relations, change the social and institutional arrangements that reinforce inequality, threaten or reproduce well-being, and prevent the fulfillment of human rights. In conjunction with questions about what aid “does,” there is equal focus on how it does it. Questions of efficiency, effectiveness, transparency, accountability, social license to operate, relevance, and many others are all embedded in contemporary aid discourse and practice. The aim of this volume was to contribute to a critical understanding of Impact Assessment (IA) clearly informed by contemporary development theory and practice. There is a significantly increasing push for impact assessment, across the whole aid architecture. This is exacerbated by a much stronger focus on value for money, and accountability – to taxpayers specifically in the context of public funds, and donors in an increasingly competitive NGO environment. As was noted by many authors, since the GFC, a significant number of donor governments have reduced or are considering funding reduction for bilateral aid agencies and their contributions to multilateral aid agencies. At the same time they imposed a more stringent and rigorous requirement focusing on “aid-for-trade” and “value-for-money” strategies. There is a drive to ensure the positive impacts of the grant or loan in a sustainable manner.
ISBN 0128036605
Edition 1st
Language eng
Field of Research 140202 Economic Development and Growth
160505 Economic Development Policy
Socio Economic Objective 940302 International Aid and Development
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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